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Joshua Anderson Hague (1850-1916) was a landscape painter and watercolourist who specialised in quiet pastoral scenes. He was born in Rusholme, Manchester, and at 16 he joined the Manchester School of Art and studied under its Head, Mr Buckley.
Hague became the leader of a group of young artists known as the ‘Manchester School’. Nearly all these artists had been trained at the Manchester Academy of Fine Art and they met at the Manchester studio of the self-taught Joseph Knight (1837-1909) in the early 1870’s.
In 1884, Hague was elected a member of the Society of British Arts and in 1887 he became a member of the New English Art Club. He was elected to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1892. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Baillie Gallery, Dowdeswell Galleries, New English Art Club and the Society of British Artist in London, as well as the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Royal Cambrian Society, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.